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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & BreweryRock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
BEER AVG
3.77/5
Based on:
465 Beers
1,479 Reviews
Place Score: 87
Reviews: 44
Visits: 77
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: n/a
Taps: --
Bottles: --
Cask: N
Beer-to-Go: N
[ Brewery, Bar, Eatery ]

1001 16th Street
Denver, Colorado, 80265
United States
phone: (303) 534-7616

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Reviews: 44 | Visits: 77
Photo of Czap
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Rock Bottom consistantly has the same styles throughout the country, but each style varies from restaurant to restaurant depending on the brewer's inspiration. I like that. It sort of makes up a bit for being a chain. The food is always good and they do have some more interesting things on the menu, not your normal chain pub fare. Once again a notch on the positive side. I guess my reccuring theme here is that Rock Bottom seems to go out of their way to avoid seeming like a chain, which is probably why they are as popular amoung the beer geeks as they are. The Denver location is, in my opinion, better than the Downtown Chicago restaurant. The atmosphere is nicer, better view and the dining area seems much more roomy and flows a lot better. The beers are good, nothing great, but nothing poor. I suggest a flight since some of the styles change from season to season. I find RB's hoppier ales seem to be some of their better brews and I have had a couple of their stouts that just didn't do it for me. Good place to go in downtown Denver where, surprisingly to me, there are not as many places to find good beer as I thought there would be. (1,149 characters)

Photo of david131
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

Stopped by here on the drive through Denver. The place is on a corner in downtown Denver and has a lot of light coming in. The fermenters are behind windows behind the bar which is nice for visual appeal. It does have a strange chain restaurant feel to it, but if you can get past that it can be enjoyable. The beer selection seemed pretty standard, but they did have some cool bottled offerings for purchase. The service was pretty standard and I could tell there were some regulars around. Overall, worth going to, but not going out of the way for. (550 characters)

Photo of champ103
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 3

As I walk in on a Sunday afternoon, I am greeted by the hostess and seated promptly. My server comes shortly after, and I order the sampler of all their beers, and a pulled pork sandwich for lunch. The sampler came out quick, and the server knew the styles and what was what. The food came out before I knew it. Overall very good service, and they seemed generally enthusiastic about their products.

As I get a chance to take in the atmosphere, I see it is a typical chain brewpub. A relatively long wood bar goes along the left, with brewing equipment displayed in glass on top of that. Lots of TV's surround the bar, and crappy FM radio hits are playing. There are some wood tables and booths, with a patio outside. It has that sterile chain restaurant feel to it. The food is decent. Nothing special about my pulled pork, and the coleslaw that topped the sandwich was not very good. Just average for what this place is.

On to the beer. There are 9 beers in all. The year round offerings are Kolsch, Gold, Wheat, Pale Ale, Red, and Brown. Not bad, but a little on the lighter side. They had a special summer IPA seasonal, a cask of the red, and a special stout. Pretty much by the books. The Kolsch and the IPA were my two favorites. Everything else was just watery and thin, or to much diacetyl.

Overall, just a little above average. A little better than what I was expecting to be honest. My score is probably lower than should be, but I am just not a fan of the cookie cutter brewpubs like this. Still, not a bad experience at all. I just don't like to be reminded of Applebees and Chilies while at a brewpub. (1,618 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
3.55/5  rDev -6.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

This Rock Bottom location is in downtown Denver on 16th Street not too far from the Convention Center. Not sure what the parking options are as I was on foot the whole time I was in Denver.

The interior contains several dining areas and offers a view of the brewing equipment. The bar is located in the back of the establishment, and they display a few items of Rock Bottom memorabilia here and there. There is also a patio that is situated right off the sidewalk.

The beer selection contains around 10 taps, all of which are available in a sampler. They follow the same pattern as most other Rock Bottom locations - Kolsh, Wheat, Pale, Red, Brown, Stout. They do rotate one or two seasonals at any given time.

Service was decent on a weekday lunch. The server explained the beers on the sampler and was keeping up with the lunch crowd just fine.

The food at Rock Bottom is consistently above average. My burger was good, but suffered from being enjoyed the day after going to Cherry Cricket.

Overall Rock Bottom is worth a stop on a brewpub crawl through Denver, but I wouldn't necessarily put it at the top of the list. (1,126 characters)

Photo of jt31914
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

I went to Rock Bottom the other day, it was a pretty cool place; the atmosphere was fun - very similar to the other Rock Bottom's I've been to. Our waiter was good, but wasn't extremely knowledgeable about beer.

The beer selection was solid with around 10 brews to choose from; the beer itself was decent, the hefeweizen, rocktoberfest, and brown ale were among my favorites (I got the 9 beer sampler), while the kolz weizen and pale ale were among the worst - the rye porter was also fairly weak.

The beer was decent but it was far too mild and lacked any complex or intriguing flavors. Rock Bottom is a pretty fun place with okay beer, but it would have been much better if the brewmaster went for more flavor (maybe like the Founders guys...). (750 characters)

Photo of Clembo1957
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Having visited Rock Bottom's Chicago pub a few days earlier a visit to the Denver establishment was a must. I know Rock bottom are a chain and tend to be a bit on the corporate side but being a visitor from the UK i've only visited the Chicago and Denver pubs and i've enjoyed both.

We were seated very quickly and the servers and staff were friendly and informative, when we told our server we'd been to Rock bottom in Chicago he gave us an history of the Denver branch.

To try as many beers as i could i had a beer sampler which included Bottoms Up Kolsch, Buffalo Gold, 16th Street Wheat, Falcon Pale Ale, Red Rocks Red, Molly's Titanic Brown Ale and a North Star Stout. I particularly enjoyed the 16th Street Wheat and Falcon Pale Ale. The food here was excellent and fairly good value for money. well worth a visit if in Denver. (837 characters)

Photo of Jayli
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

In a recent trip to Denver, a work counter part thought this would be the perfect place to take me given my affinity for beer. We went on a Friday evening around 6-6:30ish. Given the time and day, I was pleasantly surprised by how quickly we were seated. The atmosphere is typical chain decor, but was clean and the staff seemed friendly. The menu wasn't too overly brazen, but had some interesting items. I was extremely disappointed with my food (and that's an understatement) - wild rice, mushroom and chicken. The chicken was flavorless and wild rice and mushroom combo left a bit to be desired. My dining companion was impressed with the enchiladas though - so perhaps my selection was the poor choice.
The service was phenomenal - our waitress was attentive without being overbearing. At no time did we wait for drinks (be it alcohol or water) and she was extremely pleasant.
I got the Brewmaster's Smoked Porter. My initial plan was to try the Smoked Porter and then sample another beer or two from their menu as I hadn't been to a Rock Bottom before. That was the plan anyway - the Smoked Porter was fantastic and found myself sticking with that rather than branching out.
I am not sure that I would eat here again, but I would definitely be up to trying additional beers here. (1,287 characters)

Photo of Rayek
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I've been going here since they opened up back in the 90's. I'm guessing that Rock Bottom is one of the first "chain" brewpubs.

This place gets very crowded after work and on weekends. Especially when the weather is nice. Despite the crowds, service is good. I haven't had a bad experience yet.

Inside the place feels a bit like a chain restaurant. A little too sterile and corporatist for my tastes. That doesn't really bother me much since the food is good and the beers are above average. I'm a big fan of their IPA. The food menu isn't particularly daring, but there is nice variety to be had.

Overall, this is a nice place to go. Rock Bottom gets bonus points for being right down the street from where I work. Not a bad deal in my book. (745 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.45/5  rDev -9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 3 | food: 4

Stopped in for lunch while in Denver.

Your standard upperscale chain type brewpub. The interior is clean and inviting. The place was packed so when took up a high boy in the bar.

There beers were standard offerings, nothing to bold or creative. They had 6 or 8 beers on draft and one on cask. I settled on the Mad Cow milk stout which is a brew master offering.

The waiter told me it was the best beer they were offering at that time. It was not real flavorful and rather thin. Just okay, my local brew pub puts out better brews, though it is not fair to slam them too bad as I had only one pint.

The menu was very creative and many of the items sounded downright tasty. I had the alder smoked salmon fish and chips which was quite tasty. The wife had a soup and homemade kettle chips.

The food was very good. I have the feeling most of the people who come here are there for the food.

Overall a real good restaurant that offers okay beer. (945 characters)

Photo of barefootbrewer
4/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

I spent several nights here during the GABF. There were always interesting people to talk to and the beer is pretty good. The food is excellent. We had everything from appetizers to steaks and didn't find anything that was less than good (and mostly excellent). The beer selection is fair for a brewpub and the quality tended to be on the (B+) side. Joining the mug club is free and you get a 20 oz pour instead of the standard pint. Overall, if I lived near this place, it would be a regular hangout. There are other great places in the area, but this one has something for everyone. (584 characters)

Photo of scoobybrew
4.28/5  rDev +12.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

My wife and I stopped here for lunch on the Friday during our recent trip to the GABF. The interior is similar to just about every other Rock Bottom that I've been to - comfortable, clean and lots of wood decor; very long bar with a large bar seating area. What always strikes me when we come here during the GABF is the variety of beer selection; all of which are of very good quality. I also enjoyed seeing several cask selections; one of which I enjoyed on this occasion (the cask amber was really good). The staff was friendly and very fast.

Once again, this experience at Rock Bottom was a good one. I've always been impressed with the consistency and quality of this national chain. The do well in their niche and haven't disappointed me yet. (749 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 4

You walk in and feel as if you are in a neighborhood bar, though the decor is a bit like a chain restaurant. Nevertheless it is open and inviting, clean but not sterile, warm and welcoming. The music is not too loud, and the TVs are few enough not to be distracting.

Service people are well trained - they are friendly in a sincere fashion, quick and alert. Food is pretty good and reasonably priced. Their beer - even if it not all of it is brewed right on premises (I saw some kegs being delivered to the restaurant in the morning) is very good and has a brewpub sincerity to it. Quality of the brews ranges from above average to darned good. So what if this is a chain. (673 characters)

Photo of BigBry
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

This was the first time visiting a Rock Bottom (in Denver or elsewhere). I was close to the hotel, had some time on a Monday afternoon, so said why not.
Good atmosphere, its a chain restaurant with its own beer, so you know what to expect. Bright, open, clean. I found a corner spot to watch football and a good view of the whole place. Small selection (6), but a good variety of styles. All beers I saw were fresh, served in appropriate glassware, maybe served a bit too cold - but that is pretty minor compared to some placed I have been.
Attentive and knowledgable server who offered the current specialty Happy Pils (Beer of the Day - $2.50). Also tried the Molly Brown and Red Rocks, unfortunatley the Falcon Pale had just been emptied. Looking on the board, it seems they have lots of interesting seasonals (and the release date).
The Titan Toothpicks appetizer was good, nothing spectacular on the rest of the menu, but it all looked good.
I filled out an online survey and got a free appetizer voucher for next time, I will be back and will sign up for the Mug Club too.
Very similar to the Brewster chain here, prices are way better than I am used to paying. (1,170 characters)

Photo of frazbri
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3.5

Rock Bottom was my first stop in Denver before the GABF.

This Rock Bottom looks very similar to the other RB locations I've been to. (glassed in brewhouse, exposed ductwork,...) If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

The only real issue I had with this place was service. We were seated out on the patio and forgotten. We were served eventually, but things remained slow. I think we saw our server three times: taking the order, bringing the drinks, and bringing the check. (a 4th time if you count bring back the change) Everything else was fine. (543 characters)

Photo of BeerBelcher
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2.5

I visited Rock Bottom after a late-night arrival in Denver. I was by myself and I sat at the bar, which was rather crowded for a Wednesday night. Decor was modern, with lots of outdoor seating on the 16th St pedestrian mall. I had 2 beers - the Red Rocks and the Molly's Titanic Brown Ale, which were both OK, but not outstanding. I had the jambalaya, which struck me as old and overpriced. Wait-staff was busy, and not much different than the staff at a non-brewing sit-down restaurant. Overall I wasn't too impressed with the place from a beer perspective, but I was impressed with the ambience and clientele. Slightly better than other Rock Bottoms I've visited. (665 characters)

Photo of marksto
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Stopped in for a brew and a bite before the Thursday evening GABF session. I've been to a few other Rock Bottoms and I liked this one better than others.

Main reason was for the beer selection. In addition to the 5 or so beers they have year round, they had a very large selection of seasonals and specialties. They numbered about a dozen, and included a lot of variety in styles and a cask selection as well. Not sure if this was just related to the GABF weekend or if they have that number and variety year around, but I was impressed. I had a hefeweizen which was tasty and authentic. Food was reasonably priced and of good quality, and service was pleasant.

Overall, for a chain brewpub I thought this a pretty good place and an improvement over other locations. Worth a visit when in town. (796 characters)

Photo of Rhialistic
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5

This is probably the place I frequent most often in Denver. Not necessarily because they have the best beer in town or anything, but it's just so dang consistant! And, I normally favor non-chain places to chain places, but Rock Bottom has it RIGHT.

Always excellent service, every single time. Always tasty food, every single time! And the beer, well it's always worth trying!

I love the Mug Club. Get yourself a card and start getting a bigger amount of beer for the same price as a pint (4-6 oz more beer?). Also, after 5 visits you get to pick out a pint glass, after 10 visits you get a hat, and i have yet to achieve the Growler cooler for 25 visits.

Unlike so many other places in Denver, i have not sat 5 minutes with an empty glass or an order untaken, even on the busiest nights. The servers are VERY attentive and personable yet not intrusive and know how to treat patrons to a good time. They can tell you a little about the beer, and if not, they'll find out for you.

Good beers to try are the Molly Brown, the Falcon Pale, and they always have some sort of interesting seasonal and a cask beer or two. The cask Falcon and cask Molly are GREAT too. I've also had a milk stout, cask Stout and a cask Porter up there, all solid offerings. One time i had an Imperial Red and it was excellent, probably the best offering i've had up here. Again, even if any one beer isn't to-die-for, there is usually a pretty huge selection and if you go once a month there's bound to be something new to try. I've never really had any beers there that i would call bad, that is for sure.

Their Rocktoberfest is decent- not as good as CB & Potts or Great Lakes Oktoberfest, but it's a nice change of pace from the sweet malty marzen styles. It's on the drier, crisper, lighter side.

The Titan Toothpicks appetizer and Chicken Fajitas are hands down my favorite things to get. My partner and i always split both things for a fun 2-course meal. I have had the smoked chicken enchiladas before and those are good, and so is the grilled Tuna sandwich...menu items are a tad pricy but are always pretty good.

Visit Rock Bottom in Denver (or Cleveland, that one is good too!) and i really don't think you'd regret it! Sign up for the Mug Club, too, because odds are, you'll be back. (2,276 characters)

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

A quick stop in here along the Mall. Large place, with a sports bar all the way in back. The patio is rather large and on the Mall, good for summer days.
I had an entree and several beers. The selection was fair, but the quality of those selections leaves one wanting something with some flavor to it. The beers were, at best, average, and the didn't match with the food. Service was average, understaffed. It really wasn't crowded, either. A friend bought the sampler of beer; 6 samples for $8, not bad except two of the beers I could not finish.
If you need a beer and burger stop in, otherwise keep walking. (612 characters)

Photo of EricP
4.38/5  rDev +15%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Went there while in Denver at the GABF. Had a party of 7 (with one being a small child). I was shocked at the number of styles they had and at the quality since this is a large chain. Really worth going to if your around the 16th street mall. Food was pretty good as well.

Of the beers we tried, everything was very good. Sorry, I should have written this before and I've forgotten the names but between the 3 beer drinkers, we had about 12 different beers and were happy with them all.

Overall, I would recommend this place. (531 characters)

Photo of tugdriver7
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4

A business colleague and I hit Rock Bottom (pun intended) while at a seminar in Denver. Incredibly fun place to visit, eat, etc. The menu was varied and tasty, and included both the typical pub fare and a lot of other great options for the more sophisticated palate. The beer offerings were unique, both in terms of variety and quality. Not wanting to venture too far afield in the beer department, I had the Buffalo Gold Ale. Excellent. Others on tap included an amber lager, porter (nice to see porters included), and a couple of others--a red, I believe. In any case, the service was excellent and, while it was busy and bustling, we were able to carry-on a decent conversation amidst it all. I always know I'm in for a treat when I enter an establishment and the microbrewery equipment is clearly visible inside. Whether brewed on site or not, you get that impression. And the taste says "fresh." (900 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5

My Rock Bottom Mug Club card has been on a touch-‘em-all tour for a while and I saw no reason to break that trend while visiting Denver. This location was right on the 16th Street Mall at the intersection with Curtis. They had a huge patio area that ran along 16th Street, but the entryway was closer to Curtis. There was a vestibule, as well as a long entryway that ended at the maitre d’ station. Turning left, there were a series of booths and high tables and chairs on the left and the brewhouse on the right. The bar was a light wood and ran about half of the length of the space. Behind the back bar were the Fermentation Vessels on the second floor and the Serving Tanks on the first floor. The kitchen was all of the way to the right, headed aft, just before the washrooms, which were brightly marked in neon, and “The Back Bar.” The Back Bar was actually a separate bar, with its own entryway, several pool tables, and more Fermentation Vessels and Serving Tanks behind the bar. Wow! On the occasion of my visit, they offered ten draft selections and one cask-conditioned. Not a bad lineup and they were all pretty good. My server was an amicable chap named Thad. (1,176 characters)

Photo of Xadoor
3.18/5  rDev -16.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 3

Food is pretty much average but reasonably priced. They had a pretty good selection of beer, most likely because of the GABF weekend. Tried several different styles and they were all pretty good, but nothing really stood out. I would assume it gets most of its business just because of its central location right on the 16th street pedestrian mall. They do have a nice large covered patio which is a great place to be on a nice day. I would probably hit it for lunch a couple of times a week if I worked in downtown Denver, but I'd go somewhere else if looking to relax over a few end of day brews. (598 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.35/5  rDev -12.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

I have mixed feelings about brewpub chains, they beefed up the selection for GABF week but the beers were hit or miss. One of their bourbon aged was like mud ... literally like mud, the Milk Stout was good but their Falcon Pale Ale was not up to par.

Service was lacking in knowledge of not only the beer there but how to properly run tables. Temp help during a busy week?

Food is decent, sometimes good and sometimes not ... last visit the food was cold but we did not have enough time to get into complaining about it.

We always end up hitting here during the GABF, I am sure we'll be back ... but more out of convenience. (633 characters)

Photo of benito
4.03/5  rDev +5.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Who would have thought it? The best brewpub in LoDo is part of a chain!

Seriously though, Rock Bottom-Denver is great. First off, this place is huge--two big bars with lots of television sets. What otherwise might come off as a "big box restaurant" interior is made lively and inviting by the large windows that look out onto the 16th Street Pedestrian Mall...you can still remember that you're in Denver.

I sat at one of the bars and had two servers helping almost immediately. The beer selection was impressive--they had 13 beers available, some listed as part of their regular rotation and then a smaller "stash" list. Personally, I think this is a great idea; with a brewpub this big, it's great to be able to offer your mainstay styles along with a few specialty offerings for folks who know what they're looking for. Their Kick'n Chick'n Bourbon Stout (reviewed separately) was absolutely delicious, and they had a nice double IPA and a barleywine available as well.

With Falling Rock only a few blocks away, this may not be the first place I stop next time in downtown Denver, but it definitely will be the first brewpub I stop at next time I'm in the Front Range.

Fear not the chain! This place is well worth a visit--it's one of the most fun brewpubs in Colorado. (1,286 characters)

Photo of Jredner
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Visited during GABF 2005

Downtown Denver amongst all the action. I thought the beer was average to slightly above average, but most of my group disagreed and thought the beer was a little subpar. They were very happy to try some experimentation with the beers from what I saw and I rather enjoyed the beers I tried.

Food was decent. The place is huge and extremely well designed and decorated with 2 full sized bars (one up front and one in back...they have DIFFERENT beers so check both) and pool tables in the back.

I was there during lunchtime and it was positively swamped, but the crowd died after lunch and it was much easier to get a beer. (655 characters)

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Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery in Denver, CO
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